Chesterfield boss John Sheridan paid a rich tribute to his players after they claimed a 2-0 victory at Gillingham.
Deane Smalley bagged both goals as Chesterfield stretched their lead at the League Two summit to six points. Smalley, on loan from Oldham, struck in each half as the Spireites stretched their recent unbeaten streak to seven games.
Sheridan said: "It is very, very satisfying to come to a place like Gillingham and pick up three points. To come here, keep a clean sheet and get a win against a very good side is huge for us."
He added: "I thought our keeper Tommy Lee kept us in it in the first half, but in the second half we were a lot more solid and organised and made it more difficult for them."
Sheridan reserved special praise for matchwinner Smalley, adding: "I know what Deane Smalley can do as I know him from Oldham.
"He has got that little bit of confidence back now and you can see that in his play.
"He has had a few injuries which have set him back a bit but now he is getting a run of games and you can see the difference. We have spoken to Oldham about keeping him for longer and we are pretty confident something will be sorted."
Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler felt his side were desperately unlucky to lose 2-0 to Chesterfield.
He said: "We cannot believe we have lost that game 2-0. I thought it was a fantastic performance from us.
"We gave them two goals but we could and should have got something out of the game."
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